Should I Get the Vaccine?

Jessica Rubinstein, M.D., interim chief medical officer at Tufts Health Plan, separates fact from fiction about the COVID-19 vaccine to help you make the best choice possible for yourself and your family.

Q: The vaccines were developed so fast. Are they really safe?

A: Yes. You can trust that the vaccines are safe. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took no shortcuts when approving the vaccines for emergency use authorization. Its scientists followed a thorough review process that makes sure any approved vaccines are safe and effective.

What was different recently was that the U.S. government provided funds that drug companies could use to make large quantities of the vaccines while they were being tested instead of waiting until the testing was done. The companies would have had to throw the vaccines out if they were not safe or effective. Since they were safe and effective, drug companies

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